Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery – A Review


Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery

Written By: Melanie Fishbane

Publisher: PRH Canada Young Readers (April 25, 2017)

I received a digital galley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and an honest review is sometimes hard to write.

Can I tell you how excited I was to read this? (If I hadn’t given up the use of both really and very in 2017 I would say both)

The thought of immersing myself back in Prince Edward’s Island was so tantalizing that I set aside several nights with snacks on hand just to read it in an uninterrupted way. Much like getting ready to binge watch a show I was all prepped to dive into it.

And it was okay. It just wasn’t what I had it built up to be.

It’s funny because it reminded me of the Boxcar Children re-boot in that I thought I would hate it. I was reading it with a critical eye from page one. Instead, I loved it.

With this book, I was shouting when I saw that my request was approved. I wanted to love it.

Maud is the story of Lucy Maud Montgomery, and right away the similarities between Maud and Anne are visible. Maud got shuffled between family members, she feels awkward and has misunderstandings with those around her.

It’s disconcerting because the setting and atmosphere are so spot on.  Maud is “Anne, ”  and I couldn’t just read the story because my mind was picking apart every single thing comparing it to the AoGG books. I do think Anne fans will love it. The old writer’s advice of write what you know comes to mind. Of course, Maud would have used her experiences to write her books.

Did I like it as much as I expectedI would? No.

As much as I thought I would?  No.

So, I suppose as a review that’s not much help.

4 thoughts on “Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery – A Review

  1. Interesting. I’ve read biographies of Maud which make her seem less like Anne to me and more like Emily. I’m sorry your experience was a let down, it’s always a shame when that happens.

    1. It was ok, even good. It just wasn’t a page turner for me- you know? I kept going waiting to get sucked in and it didn’t happen. I haven’t read the Emily books, so I’ll put those on my list.

  2. […] Some enticing new titles landed on my Netgalley shelf this week, including a new-to-me reprint of a Madeleine L’Engle novel, Ilsa, which has been out of print for some sixty years and is being reissued by Open Road Media next month. More on that to come, surely. And I’ve received a copy of Maud, “a novel inspired by the life of L. M. Montgomery” by Melanie Fishbane, due out in April from Penguin. (Jen of Recreational Scholar expresses some ambivalent feelings about it in this post.) […]

  3. Karen Edmisten

    It often seems that when I am hoping to love a book I am let down. Too much internal hype? Unrealistic expectations? I’m not sure. I’m intrigued by this, because I love Anne-with-an-e, but we’ll see if I actually make time for it. 🙂

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